The Forum – 02/23/2018 – Marion County Commissioners speak at SEDCOR reviewing the past year for county operations.

This week on the Forum, Hear a review of plans and accomplishments in the annual “State of the County” address by the three Marion County Commissioners. From eclipse emergency planning to the red-hot issue of the third bridge over the Willamette river, the insiders gave the lowdown on how they’ve coped with the big issues facing local government, and what’s ahead.

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The Forum – 02/16/2018 – Kate Brown: State of the State message Peter Courtney: Legislative Preview

This week on The Forum two separate recordings are combined. First, it’s Oregon Governor Kate Brown delivering her “State of the State” message. Second, the inimitable Peter Courtney, president of the state senate, outlines priorities for the short legislative session this year.

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The Forum — 02/02/2018 — Putting a price on Oregon’s carbon emissions: the deals described as “cap and trade.

This week on the Forum, the pollution-management programs called “Cap and Trade” are part of national and world negotiations, as utilities and state leaders consider putting a price on Oregon’s carbon emissions.

 

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The Forum – 01/26/2018 – Former State Official Bill Bradbury Talks Climate Change

Bill Bradbury is a former state lawmaker, secretary of state, and even ran for governor a few years ago.  Today, he serves on the Northwest Power and Conservation Council. In this week’s edition of The Forum we hear him review some facts and statistics about the effects of climate change in Oregon.
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The Forum — 1/19/2018 — The CEO of Powells Bookstore looks at the future of local retailers, in the age of Amazon and e-books

Miriam Sontz sees a new generation of readers growing up with “real” books in their laps, but also sees business owners and employees struggling with the competition of online sales and the urgent cost of living and need for healthcare.

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The Forum – 1/12/2018 – What’s in the HealthCare referendum up for a vote this month by Oregonians?

Advocates discuss pros and cons of the upcoming statewide vote on Measure 101, a tax expansion measure aimed at countering the rising cost of healthcare and shrinking federal funding for health coverage for many Oregonians.

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The Forum – 12/22/2017 – America’s Opiate Epidemic: Is it in Salem and What’s Being Done About It?

Marion County Deputy District Attorney Paige Clarkson and Sheriff Jason Myers explained how local law enforcement tackled the opiate crisis locally, and how they’ve teamed up to combat addiction.

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